According to a new report by the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the University at Albany School of Public Health, health care employment grew by nearly 21 percent between 2006 and 2016, compared to only 3 percent job growth in all other employment sectors. Employment in health care is projected to increase by 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, compared to 6 percent job growth for all other employment sectors.
In October 2017, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its biennial report on U.S. job growth between 2006 and 2016 and projected job growth by industry and by occupation in the next 10 years. Researchers at CHWS analyzed the BLS employment and projection data and produced a report summarizing employment trends in the health sector and in health occupations.
“This study finds that health care employment continues to be an important economic driver in the U.S.,” noted Dr. Robert Martiniano, CHWS Senior Program Manager. “The analysis also reflects changes in the health care delivery system, with more job growth in ambulatory and home care settings compared to hospitals.”
Key findings include:
Dr. Jean Moore, CHWS director, states, “This report describes trends in health care employment that can help health care providers, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders better understand current and future demand for health care workers.” She also asserts that, “Changes underway in health care delivery and financing could impact future demand for health workers. Consequently, it is important to routinely monitor health care employment trends and projections.”